The Walking Dead: Mercer twist excites the fandom for things to come

Michael James Shaw as Mercer - The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 23 - Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC
Michael James Shaw as Mercer - The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 23 - Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC /

This week’s episode, “Faith,” of The Walking Dead was full of excitement as we saw more of our survivors at the labor camp, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Ezekiel (Khary Payton continue to plan a revolt, and Eugene (Josh McDermitt) goes on trial for the death of Sebastian (Teo Rap-Olsson). A fantastic scene at the end of the episode saw the fandom go wild.

In the final minutes of the episode, Eugene was being escorted with a burlap sack on his head by two Commonwealth Soldiers to what is assumed to be his execution. Ahead in the corridor walks Mercer (Michael James Shaw) with two other soldiers toward Eugene. As he is uncuffed, Mercer speaks what will forever go down as one of the best lines in The Walking Dead universe “Time to F— S— up!” I got goosebumps and cheered when I saw this scene. (view it below)

The Walking Dead – Mercer

Now most fans knew it was only a matter of time before Mercer would flip to the other side, but as we get down to two episodes remaining, there was a bit of worry he wouldn’t, especially since he dodged everyone’s attempts to bring him over.

Michael James Shaw Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC
Michael James Shaw Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC /

Mercer goes against Pamela in the comics, but in the series, he has many personal reasons to take on the Commonwealth’s governor (Laila Robins). His sister Max (Margot Bingham), is in love with the man headed to execution, and his newfound love, Princess (Paola Lázaro), has been exiled to a labor camp.

That, and the Commonwealth leadership is full of corrupt individuals, and that isn’t how Mercer operates. He is an upright man who does things by the book, and it seems he is the only one following the rules. But no more!

The final two episodes will be exciting as we see our survivors, Mercer and the soldiers who stay by his side, come against the Commonwealth and Pamela Milton.

The Walking Dead returns to AMC on  Sunday, November 13.

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